9. Speedy Ortiz – “Hexxy”
Just last week I lauded the rising crop of Massachusetts rockers (particularly Fat History Month and Krill), and this week sees another name to add to that list: Speedy Ortiz. The B-side to their new “Ka-Prow” single, “Hexxy” comes off a little like Sleater-Kinney dipped in tar, Sadie Dupuis’ measured venom on subjects like torture-porn riding a crest of gritty guitar and tom-heavy percussion. All that and there’s a “Cannonball”-esque fuzzy ooh backing vocal buried in the bridge, though considerably less friendly. This brash, hard-charging attitude got Speedy Ortiz a deal with Carpark Records for their forthcoming debut LP, due July 9th.